GMC Site Quirks

RollyBug

Member
So I was bored today and thought I'd examine the GMC some more to see how it worked and maybe find inspiration for additional data mining. Something I came across was what seems to be how the system keeps track of visits to particular pages.

If you visit this link,
https://forum.yoyogames.com/index.php?find-new/profile-posts

The URL will change to something like:
https://forum.yoyogames.com/index.php?find-new/7195302/profile-posts

That number in the middle (7195302) is I believe the running count for how many times that query has been run. If I click on it a bunch of times in succession it'll count each one.

Something else I've learned is that pages have some title followed by the post/user/whatever ID, like so:
https://forum.yoyogames.com/index.php?members/rollybug.27145/
https://forum.yoyogames.com/index.php?threads/gml-updates-in-2019-follow-up-ama.61623/

But you can access these with the title removed and ONLY the ID like so,
https://forum.yoyogames.com/index.php?members/27145/
https://forum.yoyogames.com/index.php?threads/61623/

Which means that a user could seemingly very easily enumerate through each page of a subsection of the forum using a technique similar to how I pulled the profile pictures for the GMC user collage.

And of course there are a number of things you can add to the end of that URL to specify something, like:
https://forum.yoyogames.com/index.php?threads/gml-updates-in-2019-follow-up-ama.61623/page-6#post-421571

There's a lot of cool functionality hidden within the site. Know of anything else? Share it with us below :)
 

Cantavanda

〜Flower Prince〜
I also found a neat little secret: If you click 1000 times on the GM logo on top, and do it within the timespan of one day, you get GMS2 for free! Try it.
 

chance

predictably random
Forum Staff
Moderator
If you click 1000 times on the GM logo on top, and do it within the timespan of one day, you get GMS2 for free!
Unfortunately you won't be able to use GMS2, because you'll have carpal tunnel syndrome from excessive mouse clicking.
 

TsukaYuriko

Q&A Spawn Camper
Forum Staff
Moderator
If you visit this link,
https://forum.yoyogames.com/index.php?find-new/profile-posts

The URL will change to something like:
https://forum.yoyogames.com/index.php?find-new/7195302/profile-posts

That number in the middle (7195302) is I believe the running count for how many times that query has been run. If I click on it a bunch of times in succession it'll count each one.
The same goes for new posts.

Unfortunately you won't be able to use GMS2, because you'll have carpal tunnel syndrome from excessive mouse clicking.
If 1000 clicks give you carpal tunnel syndrome, it makes me seriously worry about your health. Sounds like you wouldn't last more than a few minutes in... just about any FPS game.
 
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